When was it that you have slept for the longest time ?

ridgemao

Senior Member
Chinese - Mandarin
Hello, everyone:

I wrote two questions below:

Q: What is the longest time you have slept ?
A: 12 hours.

Q: When did that happen?
A: Last Sunday.


Can I ask the second question directly like the question below ? (I meant the answer should be "last Sunday", and I only want to ask one question)

Q: When was it that you have slept for the longest time ?
A: It was on last Sunday.



Thank you.
 
  • ridgemao

    Senior Member
    Chinese - Mandarin
    Do I understand the tense correctly ?

    What is the longest time you have slept ? :tick:
    When was it that you slept for the longest time ? :tick:

    Thank you.
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    That use of the present perfect doesn’t quite work, unless you add “ever”.

    What is the longest [time] you have ever slept? :tick:
    And in my view the other suggested version is not idiomatic, however you phrase it.

    When was it that you have slept for the longest time? :cross:
    When was it that you slept for the longest time? :thumbsdown:
    When was it that you slept longer than ever before :tick::thumbsdown:
     
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    suzi br

    Senior Member
    English / England
    The whole concept is rather bizarre and most of the ideas so far are really clunky because of that.

    Maybe the question you want looks something like this:
    When did you have your longest ever sleep?
     
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